An affordable, reliable supply of electricity is an essential component of contemporary life. We are proud that each year, Delta Electricity generates sufficient power to supply an estimated one million average homes.
Delta's primary fuel source is coal but our journey to long term sustainability requires balancing the demands of the community for electricity and our operational impact. One of our greatest challenges is the long term management of carbon dioxide emissions as we take time to move to new generating technologies.
Reflecting community and government expectations of a low emission, sustainable future for electricity generation Delta is diversifying its generation portfolio. Our approach includes:
- Minimising impacts of existing coal-fired plants
- Investment in low emission and renewable energy generation
- Developing new low emission energy technologies such as carbon capture
The principles underpinning our business sustainability approach are:
1. The precautionary principle - that if there are threats of serious or irreversible environmental damage, lack of full scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for postponing measures to prevent environmental degradation.
2. Inter-generational equity - that the present generation should ensure the health, diversity and productivity of the environment is maintained or enhanced for the benefit of future generations.
3. Conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity.
4. Improved valuation and pricing of environmental resources.